ST RICHARD of Chichester is said to have cultivated figs in
his spare time while he lived at Tarring, waiting to have his properties as
Bishop of Chichester restored to him. Perhaps he would have been delighted to
know that a newly created rose has just been named after him.
It made its first public appearance last week at the Chelsea Flower Show,
where the Dean of Chichester, the Very Revd Nicholas Frayling, was seen
introducing it to the actress Patricia Routledge. Proceeds from the sale of the
rose will go to the Chichester Cathedral Restoration and Development Trust.